Walkways for safe, maintenance-free roof access
Walkways are the simple and safe way to access roofs and plant.
Compliance with Australian Standards and state law
So you can be sure your people are protected and your liability is minimised, ensure walkways comply with AS 1657-2013: Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation.
In fact, walkways are preferred by state workplace safety authorities over most other types of fall prevention, like roof anchors, static lines and harnesses. Read more about how walkways fit into the hierarchy of controls.
Workplace Access & Safety: Ensuring Your Roof Walkways Are Safe
Working at a height on roofs can be dangerous. Falls from a height are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the Australian workplace. For this reason, there is a legal requirement for building owners and employers to provide suitable protection to prevent such accidents.
Roof walkways are the preferred option for roof safety as they offer more protection than other types of fall prevention systems such as static lines, roof anchors and harnesses. Roof walkway systems enable safe and easy access to roofs and plant for general cleaning and maintenance purposes and reduce the chance of falls and trips around service equipment and parapet edges. However, the walkways themselves must be safe and compliant with current legislation to ensure that your people are protected when working at a height and that, should an accident occur, your liability is minimised.
We can make sure that your roof walkway complies with AS 1657-2018: Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation. As leading providers of height safety systems, we provide a whole range of services to ensure that your roof walkway systems are fit for purpose.
Designing Aluminium Roof Walkways for all Kinds of Buildings
Many buildings have aluminium roof walkway systems to give safe access to the roof space. When combined with handrails and toeboards, they offer the best protection for workers. They can be fitted to all roof surface types and their design can incorporate steps and ladders to provide a full-access system. However, the design must be AS 1657 compliant and the structure must be independently certified to Australian National Construction Code by the CodeMarkTM. Building Certification program.
Since 1997, Workplace Access & Safety have been designing high-quality aluminium walkway systems for all kinds of buildings throughout Australia. As a NATA accredited provider of height safety systems, we understand exactly what is required and we work with our clients to give them the best system possible for their needs and their budget.
We can design and oversee/manage the installation of:
- Walkways for steel deck and brown-built roofs
- Walkways for inclines
- Walkways for all weathers
Ensuring Your Walkways Remain Safe
All our roof aluminium walkway designs are completely bespoke and designed to fit your needs and the specific roof. To achieve this, we always begin with a consultation and survey to determine the right system for you. We’ll then design a system that will work for you now and in the future while helping you to understand the true costs of the system over time.
Once in place, we can also supply the necessary PPE for working at heights and provide full training to ensure that workers and contractors are safe as soon as they start using the walkways. To ensure that your walkway continues to comply with regulations and that it’s still fit for purpose, we schedule regular inspections. Our QR coded asset management system enables you to keep on top of your compliance and gives you full visibility throughout the inspection process.
To find out more about our services, get in touch with the team here at Workplace Access & Safety by completing the online form or by calling us on 1300 552 984.
Walkways built to last
Walkway and guardrail systems should be engineered for structural soundness and to preserve your roof’s waterproofing. Some of the key considerations are;
- Multi-directional non slip surface
- AS 1657 compliant
- Independently certified to the Australian National Construction Code by the CodeMark™ Building Certification program
- No Leaks: Installed with self-sealing-bulb fixing rivets, eliminating roof leaks
- The walkway’s structure is made from non-corrosive aluminium and 316 stainless steel. All steel components are hot dipped galvanised.
Walkways for steel deck and brown-built roofs
No matter what your roof type, there’s a walkway to suit.
No asbestos dust, no disruption
The support structures sit in the ‘super 6’ asbestos profile, with existing penetrations used for fastenings, rather than drilling extra holes into the asbestos. Air is monitored during the entire process to ensure asbestos fibres are not disturbed during installation.
Walkways for inclines
Walkways can easily be installed on roofs with steep inclines, creating a safe path for employees and contractors to travel. If the pitch of the roof exceeds 7°, walkways are levelled in accordance with AS 1657.
Walkways for all weather
Walkways should be independently tested to meet the requirements of AS 4586 – 2013 Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials and have been classified to meet the R10 slip resistance rating.